General Reference


Academic Search Premier


  • ARTstor is a digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. The community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates.
  • Video tutorial: ARTstor Basics (4:52 min) 

Choice Reviews

  • Choice Reviews Online is a source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. 

EBSCO eBooks (formerly Netlibrary)

  • Full text of books from major academic and general-interest publishers available online.

EBook Library (EBL)

  • An e-book collection in all disciplines from 2006 to the present. Updated daily.


  • The interface that provides access to Academic Search Premier, ATLA Religion Database, Business Source Premier, and other databases.  Please click here for a list of databases.

Films on Demand (Films for the Humanities and Sciences)

GoldRush (Journal List)

  • Use this database to locate our online and print magazine/journal holdings. 


  • JSTOR I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, and the Life Sciences Collections provide full text access to core journals in the social sciences, the humanities, and the sciences as well as journals in biology, ecology, health, geography, law, mathematics, and statistics. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR.
  • Access the mobile version

Lexis/Nexis NexisUNI

  • Wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information, with full text of 2,000 journals and magazines. Especially good for legal research.

MasterFILE Premier

  • This multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 2,050 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, it includes full text reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags. 

NetLibrary (Now EBSCO eBooks)

  • Full text of books from major academic and general-interest publishers available online.
  • This database provides access to career information including resume and cover letter guides and samples, company and industry profiles, and career advice articles.   Sponsored by the Office of Career & Life Services and Diamond Program. 
  • Bibliography of books, documents, multimedia, Web pages, and more from libraries worldwide. More than 49 million bibliographic records cover material from 2100 B.C. to the present.
  • Access the mobile version


Bible Gateway

  • A searchable online Bibe in over 100 versions and 50 languages. 

Britannica Online

  • Includes the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and thousands of Web links and other Web sites selected by the Britannica editors.

Credo Reference

  • Search online encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources to find definitions, statistics, images, etc.

Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

  • The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization is a comprehensive reference work on the history and impact of Christianity. Bringing together over 350 international scholars and 1,402 entries, this work spans issues ranging from theology, politics and law, through to literature, art and architecture. 

Encyclopedia of Religion

  • The second edition of a resource that is considered a standard reference in the field. Presents a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture. The original 2,750 entries have been retained, many heavily updated, and approximately 600 entirely new articles have been added by an international team of scholars and contributors.

Foundation Directory

  • Information on the 10,000 largest foundations in the United States. Call the Circulation Desk at 563.589.3100 for the password.

Learning Express

  • LearningExpress Library is an interactive online platform that provides a comprehensive selection of career and academic resources to empower people for job preparation, career advancement, college readiness, academic success, and skills mastery in math, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary.
  • Sponsored by Iowa Workforce Development and the State Library of Iowa.

Presbyterian Leader

  • A resource that includes the following: worship planning resource center; studies on Presbyterian beliefs and statements of faith; and many other resources that relate to congregational life and leadership within the PC (USA).

Scholarships, Fellowships, & Loans

  • This online directory provides sources of scholarships, fellowships, loans, internships, work study, and other education-related financial aid at all levels of study.